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Meaning of KNIGHT

Pronunciation:  nIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
  2. [n]  originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit
  3. [v]  invest with knighthood; make of knight of
  4. [v]  raise (someone) to knighthood; "The Beatles were knighted"

KNIGHT is a 6 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: dub, horse
 See Also: appoint, bachelor, bachelor-at-arms, banneret, carpet knight, charge, chess piece, chessman, ennoble, entitle, gentle, Geraint, knight bachelor, knight banneret, knight of the square flag, Knight Templar, knight-errant, male aristocrat, Sir Geraint, Templar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Knight\, n. [OE. knight, cniht, knight, soldier, As.
    cniht, cneoht, a boy, youth, attendant, military follower;
    akin to D. & G. knecht servant; perh. akin to E. kin.]
    1. A young servant or follower; a military attendant. [Obs.]
       (a) In feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback
           and admitted to a certain military rank with special
           ceremonies, including an oath to protect the
           distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless
       (b) One on whom knighthood, a dignity next below that of
           baronet, is conferred by the sovereign, entitling him
           to be addressed as Sir; as, Sir John. [Eng.] Hence:
       (c) A champion; a partisan; a lover. ``Give this ring to
           my true knight.'' Shak ``In all your quarrels will I
           be your knight.'' --Tennyson.
                 Knights, by their oaths, should right poor
                 ladies' harms.                    --Shak.
    Note: Formerly, when a knight's name was not known, it was
          customary to address him as Sir Knight. The rank of a
          knight is not hereditary.
    3. A piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a
       horse's head.
    4. A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave
       or jack. [Obs.]
    {Carpet knight}. See under {Carpet}.
    {Knight of industry}. See {Chevalier d'industrie}, under
    {Knight of Malta}, {Knight of Rhodes}, {Knight of St. John of
    Jerusalem}. See {Hospitaler}.
    {Knight of the post}, one who gained his living by giving
       false evidence on trials, or false bail; hence, a sharper
       in general. --Nares. ``A knight of the post, . . . quoth
       he, for so I am termed; a fellow that will swear you
       anything for twelve pence.'' --Nash.
    {Knight of the shire}, in England, one of the representatives
       of a county in Parliament, in distinction from the
       representatives of cities and boroughs.
    {Knights commanders}, {Knights grand cross}, different
       classes of the Order of the Bath. See under {Bath}, and
    {Knights of labor}, a secret organization whose professed
       purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen
       as respects their relations to their employers. [U. S.]
    {Knights of Pythias}, a secret order, founded in Washington,
       d.C., in 1864, for social and charitable purposes.
    {Knights of the Round Table}, knights belonging to an order
       which, according to the legendary accounts, was instituted
       by the mythical King Arthur. They derived their common
       title from the table around which they sat on certain
       solemn days. --Brande & C.
  2. \Knight\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knighted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To dub or create (one) a knight; -- done in England by the
    sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword,
    saying: Rise, Sir ---.
          A soldier, by the honor-giving hand Of C?ur-de-Lion
          knighted in the field.                   --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a knight in your dream means protection and security. The knight can be seen as a savior or someone who sweeps you off your feet, as in the "knight in shining armor".
Thesaurus Terms
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